Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair this Winter

January 27, 2016

Simple Ways to Avoid Calling for Furnace Repair This Winter

Winter has arrived and right now you're relying on your furnace more than ever. One of the simplest ways to keep your furnace running efficiently is to keep up on annual maintenance and tune-ups. There are also some simple things you can check on yourself that may keep you from being left in the cold and in need of an emergency furnace repair.

  1. Keep Air Vents Open - There's wrong information out there about closing off vents in unused rooms. In theory, it sounds like this would save on energy costs. However, closing off vents actually puts an increased strain on your system that could lead to problems in the future. Interior walls are not insulated and the temperature in the room leaks to other rooms in your house, leaving an imbalance and causing your system to operate less efficiently.

  2. Check Your Thermostat - Sometimes when your furnace isn't operating properly, the problem is very simple - depleted batteries in your thermostat. Normally, your thermostat will provide a warning around a month before the battery doesn't work, but if you missed it, that could be the cause of your heating problems.
  3. Are your vents blowing coldair instead of warm? There might be a simple explanation for it. Check and be sure your thermostat is set to "heat" instead of "cool". You never know who has been playing around with the thermostat.

    Your thermostat has a fan setting. If you see that your system is consistently blowing air, you might have your fan set to "on" instead of "auto". The "on" switch continually keeps your fan blowing, regardless if your furnace is currently heating. The "auto" switch only runs the blower when the furnace is heating your home. Keep in mind, if you keep your switch set to "on" you'll have to swap your filters more often. This then leads to...

  4. Change Your Air Filter – A nasty filter is the most common reason a heating system breaks down. Dirt and debris keep air from passing around your system and that could possibly cause your furnace to overheat. Replacing your furnace filter is the easiest way to help possibly extend the life of your heating system and avoid furnace repair.

Along with these three tips, the best advice is to keep up with annual, scheduled furnace maintenance. If you haven't scheduled your annual furnace service yet, you can easily arrange an appointment by giving us a call at 713-469-3357.